Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ravellenics Day 3 Progress

While knitting, I watched the Great Britain Men's Gymnastics team get excited over the possibility of winning a Silver Medal. The Japanese team contested a low score. The Olympic committee voted in favor of Japan, and they got the silver while the Great Britain team got bronze. The dispute happened over a dismount from the pommel horse, and weather or not the Japanese gymnast did a proper handstand before dismounting. I'm not a gymnast, but based on what I saw, there was no handstand.

The big question is, could he decipher the stitch chart to make this????

I am on row 22 of Chart A. I have so much more to go.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ravellenics Day 2 Progress

I must admit, I got off to a slow start.

I spent time during the opening ceremonies swatching. The next day, I had a party to attend and also was busy in the kitchen helping my mom cook for some friends.

On Sunday, I went to brunch at Dans Le Noir and thought hey, I can just knit after. Wrong! I went to a rooftop party, and ended up staying until it was dark out.

I do however feel amazed that I did this after 5 cocktails (over the course of 4 hours). I casted on as soon as I git home from my summer fun. I completed row 10 of the first chart.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

This will be a sweater in 17 days

I am embarking on yet another seemingly impossible knitting journey.
As part of the games with the "Ravellenics" moniker, I decided to join team MINE, which sprang from the Selfish Knitters Group on Ravelry. Ok, now that we have the specifics, let's get to the knitting.

I swatched (gasp) for the Dahlia Cardigan today. The goal was to get 24 stitches over 4 inches. I used size 3,4,and 5 needles to make my swatch. Unblocked, the size 3 needle puts me in line with the gauge I need. I am waiting for the swatch to dry so that I can measure it again. I'm using Manos del Uruguay Serena in the Zinnia color way. This is a mix of cotton and baby alpaca. It feels really soft. I'm just hoping that it doesn't grow too much after the wet blocking.